Police are following a positive line of enquiry after a 20-year-old man was attacked outside a house in Brackensbrae in Broxburn, West Lothian, shortly before 10pm last night.

The victim was taken to hospital with a slashed throat whilst officers cordoned off several streets to allow for a forensic examination.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police were called to reports of a man injured outside at an address in Brackenbrae in Broxburn at around 9.50pm on Wednesday.

“A man in his 20s was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

“Enquiries are ongoing in the area to establish the circumstances surrounding this assault and officers are following a positive line of inquiry.”

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We received a call at 9.55pm to attend an incident on Brackensbrae in Broxburn.

“We dispatched our special operations team to the scene and one ambulance.

“We transported one male in his 20s to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.”